Dec 5, 2012 2:30pm PST
reason. you cannot spend the energy of invention or creativity it. followed by the ipad and so on. people get caught by this. i mean, what can this do? a few years ago, and mobile telephone in a suitcase. today, in your pocket. carrying with them certain baggage of values. imperceptibly, they affect things. there is this culture. ways of thinking, you know? presenting it as an alternative. you do not have to throw away your ipod because you are a follower. you can be as materialistic as you what. being grounded in certain basic -- i do not want to say the turmoil. basic values. being selective about what you take from the exterior world. tavis: these questions are difficult because they are different in different parts of the continent. you are the perfect person to answer this question given your own history. being a political prisoner, etc., etc.. >> the very negative. very pessimistic. let's put it this way. is the continent progressive? no, it is not. there are pockets here and there. you find is one step forward, several steps back. as i said earlier, i never thought we would
Dec 6, 2012 8:00am EST
that like? >> your energy is reverberating, is the way i can describe it. you can feel it, but you cannot see it. things are exploding. maybe it is something lyrical, with a collaborator, and we are working on something. you can feel that there is an energy going back and forth, and then, "when this is done, we have to go in there and make sure we can put that down, and it is just like an energy that is happening. basically, what happens is you do not pay attention to the time. tavis: and then it is 5:00. >> and then whatever time it is, it is. it is natural. it just happens, in there is. tavis: yes. you mentioned collaborating. this, to my mind, and you know your stuff better than i do, but to my mind, this is one of the most collaborative projects. >> it is. it is. i am never done a collaborative project. there was something that i wanted to start to see what would happen when i combined with people from totally different spaces than me, you know? and it was something like an experiment, i guess. it was kind of like being free. we get so comfortable being or doing whatever we do.
Dec 3, 2012 2:30pm PST
in the energy -- expend any energy on trying to here with someone else's years. that is the worst feeling. it is corrosive and in cities to be writing a song, and half with through -- maybe you are excited about the song. maybe it is meaningful to you. halfway through, you go, they are not going to like it. it is deflating. it is really hard to not be affected by it. i like to feel i am a person who says, i do not care what other people think. i think the act of being a musician is so much about being open and empathetic, and not having these boundaries. you cannot control some of the negative stuff that comes in. i feel like i should not have been affected by that, but i admit that i was, and i have them, in other ways. i have been. it is a terrible feeling to go, i thought this was pretty good, but it is not going to be good in the right way. maybe good is just not interesting. tavis: i hear that wrestling, and yet i am trying to figure out, for you, and even for myself -- everyone of us is an artist in our own right in something. you have to figure out where that line is. on th